Essay on The Simpsons

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The Simpsons Since its first episode in January 1990, 'The Simpsons' has become a worldwide phenomenon. For the first time a show existed as an animated television sitcom, it addresses and satirises important issues through the fictional town of Springfield, (aka a typical American town). The show starts with 2 minutes of introductory credits, accompanied by boisterous music, through which the audience is shown around the town of Springfield and briefly glimpse the members of the community. As everybody in the town is a stereotyped member of American society, this is a fast and clever way of satirising American life. In fact, the credits are so speedy that most would not be able to notice the…show more content…
Combined, these devices create a feeling of the Simpsons being heavenly or angelic. This is immediate irony as the audience will soon be aware that they are far from that. The rest of the credits are used to introduce the characters traits and attributes, as sharply and clearly as possible with quick cutting between the shots. For instance, in only a couple of seconds, 'Homer' is shown being careless at work, thus showing the audience his character is clumsy, lazy and eager to finish work. This is satirises the ideal within the American dream of hard work. The whole sequence also tells the audience about the Simpson family as a whole, they are all hurrying home to watch television with such eagerness, that they very nearly kill each other on two occasions. This raises the question of how seriously 'The Simpsons' takes itself as a television show as in the first minute is satirises the ideal of television. These short clips in the credits, introduce the themes of the show, satire and irony. 'There's No Disgrace Like Home' is just one of hundreds of Simpsons episodes. This episode focuses on family values, an important issue in America, and through many different devices satirises these traditional ideals. The scene in Moe's bar is typically ironic. The breadwinner of the family, upset by his family's

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